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Compact Objects and Accretion Disks

Blandford, Roger and Agol, Eric and Broderick, Avery and Heyl, Jeremy and Koopmans, Léon and Lee, Hee-Won (2001) Compact Objects and Accretion Disks. . (Unpublished)

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Recent developments in the spectropolarimetric study of compact objects, specifically black holes (stellar and massive) and neutron stars are reviewed. The lectures are organized around five topics: disks, jets, outflows, neutron stars and black holes. They emphasize physical mechanisms and are intended to bridge the gap between the fundamentals of polarimetry and the phenomenology of observed cosmic sources of polarized radiation, as covered by the other lecturers. There has been considerable recent progress in spectropolarimetry from radio through optical frequencies and this is producing some unique diagnostics of the physical conditions around compact objects. It is argued that there is a great need to develop a correspondingly sensitive polarimetric capability at ultraviolet through gamma-ray energies.

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Blandford, Roger0000-0002-1854-5506
Agol, Eric0000-0002-0802-9145
Broderick, Avery0000-0002-3351-760X
Koopmans, Léon0000-0003-1840-0312
Additional Information:RB thanks Javier Trujillo Bueno and the Director of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias for their hospitality, his fellow lecturers for their instruction and the students for their attention and questions. The NSF and NASA are acknowleged for support under grants AST 99-00866 and 5-2837 respectively.
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